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Address: Kistuhylur 4, Reykjavik 110, Iceland
Phone Number:
+354 411 6300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum...

Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Arbærjarsafn is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavik. Arbær Open-Air Museum tries to give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavik and during summer visitors can see domestic animals. There are many exhibitions and events held at the Museum which highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history. These include craft days, vintage car displays, Christmas programs and much more. There is something for everyone at Arbær Open Air Museum. The Museum is open from 10 am 5 pm. every day of the week in June, July and August. During the winter season visits are only by guided tour at 1 pm otherwise the houses are closed. Groups can visit the museum by appointment throughout the year. However, the museum is open three Sundays before Christmas from 1 pm - 5 pm.

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Excellent museum with something for everyone

I was surprised at the size of the exhibition buildings. They are bigger inside! Access to all over the houses upstairs and down. Such a variety of this to see.

Reviewed 31 August 2016
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Burgess Hill
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

I was surprised at the size of the exhibition buildings. They are bigger inside! Access to all over the houses upstairs and down. Such a variety of this to see.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

I loved seeing this beautiful historic city. It had a lot to offer in the history of the Icelandic culture. Small town. but worth seeing the houses and how they lived.

Thank gailyee
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a wonderful open air museum with a number of buildings brought to this old farm to show what life was like in Iceland 100-200 years ago. There were many exhibits of farm and domestic objects, some farm animals and explanations in English. It provided a good insight into Icelandic life before modern times.

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Surbiton, null, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Very pleasant way to spend two or three hours; interesting to see the various buildings, read a little about their history, and look inside at the various artifacts. Turf-roofed farm and outbuildings unusual, and the "in-character" students inside seemed very well informed and answered our questions in depth. One or two houses have exhibitions in about the standards of living... More 

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Monterey, California
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Since my husband's and my first trip here over 12 years ago, we have dreamed of living full time in Iceland. We're here on our 8th trip for 3 too-short weeks. This magnificient country with its beauty, nature, culture and sterling people is where our hearts live - it's "Home". And, now, we have yet one more reason to return... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This collection of old house from various parts of old Reykjavik in a delightful setting in the eastern part of town. Just east of the salmon river which runs through it.

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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

It really worth to visit this place, and spend the whole afternoon there, if you have time. It has several houses and big fields with animals. We really liked the concept of the museum and enjoyed our time there. The entry fee isn't high and the souvenir shop is also nice. I would recommend to have a coffee or a... More 

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Reviewed 20 August 2016

Ok, first - there are sheep all over Iceland. This place had sheep you could pet - so while that's simple, after staring at sheep for 10 days I was really happy just to interact with one. Meanwhile, everyone here was very welcoming and answered tons of questions. There are different settlements throughout and they show the evolution of commercialism... More 

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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Fun site that children will love as there are goats and a petting opportunity. Interesting insight into traditional Icelandic living. Rather exposed on cold days so wrap up well.

Thank Sarah D
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

This museum was far more interesting that I can say I was honestly expecting. Highly informative, if slightly random and hap hazard displays. Everything is intriguing if a little 'jerky' between vastly different subjects in each of the houses. Worth a shot though to make the most of sunshine in Reykjavik.

Thank Johnnyscottish

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